Professor Paul Geluso - NYU Steinhardt, Music and Performing Arts Professions
Mr. Edwin F. McPherson - McPherson LLP
Regan A. Smith - U.S. Copyright Office
Recent years have seen an explosion of developments in music copyright. A multitude of high profile music plagiarism cases have explored such issues as the extent to which various elements of songs are copyrightable, the standards for substantial similarity, the roles of courts and juries in deciding infringement and what may be considered in making that decision. This panel of experts from the worlds of music, film and copyright litigation and a leading musicologist, who has testified in several well-known cases, will explore these topics and others, including whether courts view music disputes differently than other copyright litigation and what the effect of recent legal proceedings has been on songwriters and others in the creative community. The panel will also discuss the Music Modernization Act, the Justice Department’s ongoing review of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees and other emerging issues in this fast-moving area of copyright law.
USC Gould School of Law Intellectual Property Institute - https://cle.usc.edu/ip2020/